Haggai 2:4-5: But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
The Jewish remnant returned to Judah from captivity in Babylon and they were attempting to rebuild the temple. Work on the temple had started but was delayed for sixteen years as the people failed to trust in God and struggled with disobedience. Finally the prophet Haggai spoke God’s word to the people and gave them a reassuring message from God. “Be strong, work, for I am with you, my Spirit remains among you, do not fear” (Haggai 2:4-5). God assured the people that He would provide for them and be with them as they worked to rebuild the temple. The people were afraid to take that first step of faith, and to trust that God would be with them, as they carried out His plan in the midst of those opposed to God.
Often, we allow fear to overcome us as we step into situations that attempt to control us or seem to overwhelm us. During times like these we must remember to call upon God – because He is with us in all circumstances. God is present with us as we come face to face with the trials and difficulties of life. Fear does not have a place in our life of faith if we trust that God is with us in all situations.
Whatever God is calling you to do in your walk of faith remember that God is with you. Be strong and rely on God’s Spirit to guide you in whatever God is prompting you to do. Trust in God’s presence and believe that He will give you whatever you lack so that you can follow His direction for your life. If God is calling you to do something for His kingdom, answer Him. Ask God to lead you and then follow Him. God is always with you, don’t doubt in His presence and glorious power.